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Fahrenheit 451
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aesthetic
1 use
Its real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences . . . clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical.
aesthetic = tasteful or pleasing
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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bound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She's bound to succeed.
Here or there, that's bound to occur.
bound = almost certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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2  —1 use as in:
the binding is loose
...the incredible books that looked so silly and really not worth bothering with, for these were nothing but black type and yellowed paper, and ravelled binding.
binding = what holds book pages together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of binding means:
something that holds things together, or wraps or covers or ties something
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cacophony
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You drowned in music and pure cacophony.
cacophony = loud confusing disagreeable sounds
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cadence
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The voices talked of everything, there was nothing they could not talk about, he knew from the very cadence and motion and continual stir of curiosity and wonder in them.
cadence = rhythm
DefinitionGenerally cadence means:
rhythm or recurring pattern of sounds or movements
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censor
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They were given the new job, as custodians of our peace of mind ... official censors, judges, and executors.
censors = people who remove or suppress anything considered immoral or politically unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of censor means:
to remove or suppress anything considered obscene, immoral, or politically unacceptable

or:

a person who does such suppression
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certitude
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To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
...
certitude = certainty
DefinitionGenerally certitude means:
total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
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consonant
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1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
A special spot-wavex-scrambler also caused his televised image, in the area immediately about his lips, to mouth the vowels and consonants beautifully.
consonants = letters of the alphabet (or a speech sounds) that are not a vowels

(editor's note:  On standardized tests, you are more likely to see a very different sense of consonant which means "in keeping with; or in harmony with" as in "Her behavior was consonant with her beliefs.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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converge
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Police helicopters are converging on Avenue 87 and Elm Grove Park!
converging = coming together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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convoluted
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Grandfather's been dead for all these years, but if you lifted my skull, by God, in the convolutions of my brain you'd find the big ridges of his thumbprint.
convolutions = complex twists
DefinitionGenerally convoluted means:
highly complex or intricate
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distill
2 uses
But now-I want you to feel old, I want a little of my cowardice to be distilled in you tonight.
distilled = extracted (its essence)
DefinitionGenerally distill means:
to purify, concentrate, or separate a liquid (such as whisky) by boiling it and condensing its vapors

or:

to extract essential ideas
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divert
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Montag had only a glimpse, before Faber, seeing Montag's attention diverted, turned quickly and shut the bedroom door and stood holding the knob with a trembling hand.
diverted = changed the direction of something or of someone's attention
DefinitionGenerally divert means:
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
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fanatic
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Besides, these fanatics always try suicide; the pattern's familiar.
fanatics = people motivated by extreme enthusiasm for a cause
DefinitionGenerally fanatic means:
a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm (as for a cause) — sometimes to a fault

or:

extremely enthusiastic — sometimes to a fault
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heresy
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A man named Latimer said that to a man named Nicholas Ridley, as they were being burnt alive at Oxford, for heresy, on October 16, 1555.
heresy = opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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obscure
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1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
He stood and he had only one leg. The other was like a chunk of burnt pine-log he was carrying along as a penance for some obscure sin. When he put his weight on it, a shower of silver needles gushed up the length of the calf and went off in the knee.
obscure = little understood

(editor's note:  Penance refers to self-punishment undertaken in an attempt to pay for some wrong.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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pedantic
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The most important single thing we had to pound into ourselves was that we were not important, we mustn't be pedants; we were not to feel superior to anyone else in the world.
pedants = showoffs of knowledge of detailed rules
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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proclivity
1 use
Were all firemen picked then for their looks as well as their proclivities?
proclivities = natural inclinations
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a natural inclination
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resolve
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1  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
He was looking for a brightness, a resolve, a triumph over tomorrow that hardly seemed to be there. Perhaps he had expected their faces to burn and glitter with the knowledge they carried, to glow as lanterns glow, with the light in them.
resolve = firmness of purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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saccharine
1 use
He's a regular peppermint stick now, all sugar-crystal and saccharine when he isn't making veiled references to certain commercial products that every worshipper absolutely needs.
saccharine = sweet
DefinitionGenerally this sense of saccharine means:
overly sweet
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torrent
2 uses
Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world.
torrent = overwhelming flood
DefinitionGenerally torrent means:
an overwhelming amount — especially of quickly moving water
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